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Stephen DeBruyn Named Vice President of Operations at A123 Energy Solutions

A123 Energy Solutions, a leading provider of advanced energy storage systems for utility grid and commercial applications, announced the appointment of Stephen DeBruyn to the position of Vice President of Operations. In this position, DeBruyn will oversee all of A123 Energy’s manufacturing, quality control, and supply chain, supporting its business activities and future growth.

“Steve’s background makes him a perfect fit for continuing to expand A123 Energy’s manufacturing presence to meet the needs of our business. With his extensive experience in manufacturing, he is a match to our organization which is fast-paced, emphasizes continual improvement, and demands high quality,” said Bud Collins, President of A123 Energy. “After the company was acquired by Wanxiang we had the need to staff up and help match manufacturing production with market demand, and Steve’s track record in operations is impeccable.”

Prior to this position, Steve was Executive Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations at Eppendorf, a major capital equipment manufacturer in the life sciences industry. He led a 300+ person organization spread over multiple sites, and while at Eppendorf, successfully led multiple initiatives that modernized and upgraded their manufacturing and supply chain functions. Among these activities was the construction, equipment fit-up, and staffing of a new 140,000 square foot world class manufacturing center in Enfield, CT.

“I am excited to join A123 Energy and add to the innovations and accomplishments they’ve achieved in the energy storage market,” said Steve. “There is a significant opportunity not only in grid scale energy storage, but also smaller scale stationary batteries, in a myriad of applications where A123’s technology is ideal.”

Bud added, “As you can see the reports of our demise were greatly exaggerated. We have successfully come out of bankruptcy. We are part of a strong multi-billion dollar organization with the Wanxiang Group, we are winning business and we’re not done expanding our staff yet. With the plans we have in place, we’re actually understaffed. We’re still looking for good people.”

About A123 Energy Solutions

A123 Energy Solutions, a division of A123 Systems LLC and a part of Wanxiang Group, develops and manufactures advanced batteries for electric grid, backup power and lead-acid replacement applications based on A123 Systems Nanophosphate® technology. As an industry leader in energy storage system integration focusing on high performance, efficient, safe and reliable battery systems, A123 Energy Solutions utilizes a state-of-the-art development center and ISO 9001-2008 certified facilities to design and manufacture advanced battery systems ranging from small industrial batteries to massive grid-scale energy storage systems. Its megawatt-scale Grid Storage Solutions™ have been successfully operated in commercial revenue service since 2009 around the world, and have to date reached over 100MW deployed. In commercial and specialty batteries, it provides energy storage solutions to fit the needs for telecom, IT backup, datacenter, medical, lead-acid replacement and other industrial applications. For more information, please visit www.a123energy.com.

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